Wild Weekend Sets Up Divisional Round Re-Matches

It was a wild Wild Card Weekend!   If this is what the rest of the playoffs are shaping up to, I might have to rent one of those portable defibrillators.  This weekend showed why pro football is second to none.

First, you get the first ever losing team, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks, pull off an upset win over the defending champion New Orleans Saints to advance into the divisional round.  Then you get foot fetishist Rex Ryan leading his #6 seeded New York Jets past the Super Bowl runner-up Indianapolis Colts.  That’s 2 out of 2 on upsets on Saturday, knocking out both of last season’s Super Bowl participants in one fell swoop. 

Come Sunday and other AFC Wild Card team, the Baltimore Ravens went on the road into Arrowhead Stadium to knock off an inexperienced and sloppy Chiefs team.  In the nightcap, the #6 seed Green Bay Packers went into Philadelphia to hang on for another upset win.  By my count, that’s three upsets out of four games.  I’m hoping the same doesn’t hold true next weekend, especially on the NFC side.

The schedule for next weekend features a couple of heated divisional rivals matching up in the AFC.  On Saturday, the Ravens head into AFC North rival Pittsburgh to play the rubber match of a 1-1 season series against the Steelers.  The late AFC game on Sunday features another AFC re-match  – the Jets head to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Over on the NFC side, there another couple of re-matches set up.  Tthe Packers head into Atlanta to take on the Falcons looking to avenge a Week 12 20-17 loss.  Of course, we all know the matchup on Sunday at noon – it’s the Bears vs the Seahawks.    The Bears will be looking to settle the score after a Week 6 23-20 loss.  The Bears will know by the time they kick off on Sunday whether they will be hosting the Packers for an NFC title.  How crazy is that possibility???

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  • Wolverine in the Hawks Nest

    First off let me say that, growing up in Toledo, the Bears were about the closest I came to having a team from 1980-1991. I do like the Bears.

    But I honestly think you all are setting yourselves up for disappointment with my adopted Hawks coming to town. “The Bears will know by the time they kick off on Sunday whether they will be hosting the Packers for an NFC title.” Hubris.

    1) The Bears are a good team, but they are the least scary 11-5 team I have ever seen.
    2) If there is any team that is ready for a post-peak letdown, it is the Bears. They will not have played in 2 weeks after over acheiving to get the title, killing momentum. Meanwhile, the Hawks have been fighting, earning, and gaining momentum in the last 2 weeks. Think Cardinals a couple seasons ago.
    3) Cutler’s first playoff game… that has to be scary. He can be wild on a great day, and this is uncharted. At the very least, you have to be worried that Seattle got pressure with 3 D-linemen against the Saints. Cutler =/ Brees, so I wouldn’t plan for his production. Yes, the Hawk’s passing D is bad, but if Cutler throws 60 passes like Brees did Saturday, how many of those will be picks and sacks? The Bears can only win if they balance the run, and I personally don’t think they can do that and keep up.
    4) Preparing for Saints last week, Lovie??? Carrol has said he doesn’t even use that stuff as motivation, and I believe him. But really, does that send a good message to your team about taking this game seriously?
    5) The Saints pass D is better than the Bears and… well, see Saturday. No, Hass can’t count on all of those same perfect throws, but he didn’t need to be perfect in October either.
    6) Okung. He shut down Peppers in the last game and our running game has gotten better in the last couple weeks. If he makes it through the game without hurting his ankle/s, the Hawks win this game.

    9.5 points? The Hawks will win this one stright up. Tell me where I’m wrong, becasue I don’t see it.

    Let’s have a good game!